Helpful cancer organizations
Savor Health recommends the following organizations due to their mission to make the lives of cancer patients better. From financial resources to clinical trials to books, the organizations and people below are on your team!
For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.
More than 30 years ago, the American Institute for Cancer Research was founded on a simple but radical idea: everyday choices can reduce our chances of getting cancer. We were the first organization to focus research on the link between diet and cancer and translate the results into practical information for the public. AICR embraced the mission of changing lives to save lives.
A fashionable line of bags, bras and surgical accessories for the modern age of medical treatment. The Breast BFFLBag® and axilla•pilla® were launched in 2011 to enhance the breast cancer patient experience. Since then, BFFL has created the Neuro/Brain BFFLBag® for patients recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury, Brain Trauma, Concussion, Brain Tumors and Stroke. The Mommy/Delivery BFFLBag®, Prostate BFFLBag®, and many comfort bras and recovery accessories are among the newest additions to the BFFL Co product line. For each condition-related BFFLBag® sold, BFFL Co will donate 15% of the proceeds to a charity providing research and support for that condition.
CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services to people affected by cancer. Services include counseling and support groups, education, publications, workshops and financial assistance. All services are provided by professional oncology social workers and are offered completely free of charge.
Cancer Commons, founded in 2011,is a non-profit network of cancer patients, physicians, and scientists dedicated to improving outcomes through precision oncology. Our mission is to ensure that patients are treated in accord with the latest knowledge available, and to continually update that knowledge based on each patient’s response. By tightly integrating research and care around individual patients, Cancer Commons aims both to dramatically improve individual outcomes and slash the time and cost of drug development.
Cancer Hope Network is a national organization offering personalized one-on-one support to people diagnosed with cancer and to their caregivers. Through our Vision, we are committed to strive for excellence in everything we do and to provide the highest quality of service to those calling for support. With over 400 cancer support volunteers representing more than 57 types of cancer; our Mission, through the delivery of our services, is to instill HOPE, ensure no one faces cancer alone and make a positive difference in the lives of those who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as those who care for them.
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer. These support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone.
The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
The Caregiver Space seeks to support all caregivers with tools that will ensure sustainable self-care in the midst of providing care for others. A safe haven for family caregivers and professional carers alike, The Caregiver Space offers 24/7 access for members to freely discuss respite care, caregiver burnout and all the difficult emotions and stressors that accompany ongoing support to a loved one. It is a free social network that allows caregivers to share their experiences, find critical resources, cope with stress and effectively combat the isolation and exhaustion of providing care for someone they love.
Center for Building Hope offers free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members, while connecting them with others who are undergoing a similar experience. The center is located in Sarasota, FL.
Cook for Your Life’s mission is to improve the health of people touched by cancer by giving them the practical knowledge, tools and inspiration to cook their way through treatment and into a healthy survivorship. We achieve our mission in three core ways:
1. Website: cookforyourlife.org is an inviting, interactive space with a unique search engine that organizes recipes based on treatment, side effect, and dietary needs. The site offers recipes, video tutorials and articles incorporating the latest research on diet and nutrition.
2. Research: National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute funded studies with The Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University validate the CFYL teaching method in improving dietary behaviors in cancer survivors.
3. Community: Free hands-on cooking classes and nutrition workshops serving the diverse population of those touched by cancer in the NYC area.
Since 2007, Fifth Season has offered a viable solution to combat the financial strain for those living with cancer and other advanced-stage illnesses. Their Funds for Living and Giving (FLAG) program utilizes an asset often overlooked – their life insurance policy. The ultimate goal of the FLAG program is to help relieve financial stress so that clients can focus on their health and quality of life. Fifth Season Financial has eased the financial burden for more than 600 patients nationwide. Unlike a viatical settlement, clients are able to secure an advancement (Funds for Living) and leave funds for their beneficiaries (Funds for Giving).
Whether cancer is part of your story or not, A Fresh Chapter believes in keeping things fresh and inspiring you to think about the next chapter in your life by sharing soundbites and words of wisdom from inspiring leaders, impactful posts from guest writers, and adventures from the road as we chase our big dream of impacting the lives of thousands of cancer survivors around the world. The Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation is a non profit corporation with a mission to inspire possibility, purpose, and connection in cancer survivors through volunteering and bucket-list adventures.
Healthline’s mission is to improve health through information. Healthline recently partnered with FundRazr in creating a crowdfunding platform to help you reach your medical fundraising goal. Choose a family member, friend, or group you want to help; tell their story and explain why they need help. Collect donations to help pay medical bills or other healthcare costs and give updates on your progress.
I Had Cancer is a social support network for cancer fighters, survivors, and their supporters. Founded and run by a group of passionate survivors, supporters and caregivers.
Today, IHadCancer.com is the most engaged cancer survivorship social network online, serving more than 250,000 people worldwide. We were recognized by the Webby Awards as the Best Community Website in both 2015 and 2013, and was also listed by Parade Magazine as one of seven social networks that could save your life. But more importantly, it has led to thousands of people around the world sharing their experiences and sharing their strength.
Imerman Angels carefully matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Cancer caregivers (spouses, parents, children and other family and friends of fighters) also receive 1-on-1 connections with other caregivers and survivors. These 1-on-1 relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience. The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.
Jeannine Walston shares information and inspiration to support optimal health and healing with integrative cancer care for the whole person through her educational website of articles, blogs, and services as a Cancer Coach & Navigator.
Lauren Levi, DMD, is a general dentist with advanced training in dental oncology, who cares for the individual oral needs of cancer patients before, during, and after their cancer treatment. In her private practice, she not only provides comprehensive dental care but also manages the soft tissue conditions that may arise as side effects of cancer therapy. Trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she has extensive experience treating patients who are receiving chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplants and who face individualized oral and dental needs because of these treatment programs.
Lyfebulb’s mission is to Connect People, Inspire Change, and Impact Lives. Lyfebulb aims to make daily life better for those who have been through or are going through tough situations related to chronic disease and empower those individuals to “live beyond survival mode”.
Mesothelioma Hub is your ultimate source for the latest information about mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. Our mission is simple: to connect mesothelioma patients and their families with the educational, medical, and legal resources they need. Since 2003, our leadership team has strived to provide patients and their families with information and resources to deal with debilitating asbestos-related diseases
MyLifeLine.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that encourages cancer patients and caregivers to create free, customized websites. A patient – or a friend or family member creates the site and invites guests to visit and participate in the online community. Functioning similarily to a blog, each personal MyLifeLine.org website is designed to serve many critical functions of a strong, supportive community including staying informed about your friend’s health, sharing encouraging messages and photos, learning about your friend’s specific cancer type and treatments and volunteering to help.
If you’ve ever needed to ask for help before then you know how terrifying it is. Standbuy helps make that easier – for people with cancer. Standbuy is a personal cancer fundraising tool. It’s a place to connect to your community, gather financial support and stay updated. Donations hit your account in real time so you can start paying for the things you need and focus on getting healthy.
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization providing information and resources on the full spectrum of cancer survivorship issues to patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and healthcare professionals, through a national Speakers Bureau, educational events, and online tools. Triage Cancer also offers an educational blog.
Wellist connects you with help when it matters most. Wellist is a one-stop resource of healthy living services customized for patients and caregivers. Easily find transportation, support groups, acupuncture services, grocery delivery, and more from a database of over 3,000 different organizations and nonprofits.